South Kansas Symphony

The South Kansas Symphony and the Southwestern College Youth Symphony are non-profit groups funded by Southwestern College and by the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors. Contributions also come from alumni, friends, and ticket sales. 

SKS LogoThe South Kansas Symphony strives to provide musical memories for our audience with a variety of music for all ages. Talented musicians drawn from the collegiate and public communities enrich the ensemble. In addition, we hope the new acoustically-crafted Richardson Performing Arts Center and Callison Stage transport your listening experience to another level.

SCYS LogoThe Southwestern College Youth Symphony provides musical training and performance opportunities to talented students in South-Central Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. The youth symphony strives to maintain a rich heritage of classical music in our region, but has also added the “Lite Orchestra” this season for students interested in Eclectic Styles. The ensemble encourages students to achieve musical excellence, function as members of a team, and appreciate the talents of peers in the ensemble. Many musicians make lasting friendships with other members of the orchestra. 

2019 Concerto Competition

The South Kansas Symphony 2019 Concerto Competition will take place on March 2, 2019. There are two divisions. Senior Division is open to all current Southwestern College students. Junior Division is open to 12-18 year old musicians from Kansas and Oklahoma and past attendees of the Cole Family Summer Music Festival. It is open to all instruments and voice.

Senior Division Prizes:

  • 1st Prize – Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony (April 28, 2019) + $300 award
  • 2nd Prize - $150 award

Junior Division Prizes:

  • 1st Prize – Solo performance with the South Kansas Symphony (April 28, 2019) + $200 award + full scholarship to the 2019 SC Summer Music Festival
  • 2nd Prize - $100 Award + Half scholarship to the 2019 SC Summer Music Festival
  • 3rd Prize – $50 Award + $100 scholarship to the 2019 SC Summer Music Festival

Application Deadline: February 2, 2019. Entry fee is $25.00. The competition will be held at Southwestern College. The 2019 Concerto Competition Application form needs to be filled out and turned in by this deadline. 

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